Switzerland says ‘Yes’ to same-sex marriage: What is it and why is it such a big issue?

Switzerland says yes to same-sex marriage: What is it and why is it such a big issue?
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In a referendum, almost two-thirds of Swiss voters backed same-sex marriage.

Also, some 64 per cent supported the measure. This makes Switzerland one of the last countries in western Europe to legalise same-sex marriage.

Campaigners are hailing this vote as a historic moment for LGBT rights in the country.

But it was not that easy as the church groups and conservative political parties have been vehemently opposing the idea.

They stress that do soing would undermine the traditional family.

Switzerland has allowed same-sex couples to register partnerships since 2007, but some rights were restricted.

Now this measure will make it possible for same-sex couples to adopt unrelated children. The married lesbian couples can also have children through sperm donation.

This makes Switzerland the 30th country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage has always been a contentious issue not only in Asian societies but inn Europe too.

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In the past 20 years, most countries in western Europe have recognised same-sex marriages. But in Switzerland many big decisions go to a nationwide ballot, and this can further slow down major changes to social legislation.

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Same-sex marriage is the practice of marriage between two men or between two women.

Although this practice falls under control through law, religion, and custom in most countries but the legal and social responses range from celebration on the one hand to criminalization on the other.

Broadly, there are two sides to this debate. On one side, the supporters of same-sex marriage contend that gay and lesbian couples should be treated equally. As they are no different than their heterosexual counterparts.

Hence they should be able to marry the person of their choice.

But the social conservatives on the other hand, oppose same-sex marriages by asserting that marriage between a man and a woman is the bedrock of a healthy society because it leads to stable families and, ultimately, to children who grow up to be productive adults.

If the society allows gay and lesbian couples to wed, as per them, it will radically redefine marriage and further weaken it at a time when the institution is already in deep trouble due to high divorce rates and out-of-wedlock births.

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